This month I
had the pleasure of interviewing a wonderful author, who took
time out of her busy schedule to chat with us. So, without
further delay let’s hear from
writing always a dream for you? Did you have plans to be
Writing was not always a dream for
me. Since kindergarten I knew I wanted to grow up to be a
farmer and an artist. However, I began writing my first story
when I was eleven years old. I kept telling the boy across the
street that one day I’d have a huge fantasy book published.
Strange enough, it’s true now. Stranger still, it’s based on
that first fantasy world I created as a child.
I used to spend hours plotting,
drawing out maps of the realm, imagining political and
religious turmoil which caused a huge war. The first novel I
wrote was about a young man who left home to seek his fortune.
It’s been rewritten completely about three times now and it’s
still not done.
My first published fantasy tale
from that world is Shahzar Warrior Queen, book one in a four
part series available at Forbidden Publications. Shahzar is
the mother of the character from my first novel which I do
hope to publish sometime next year.
My plans of becoming an artist and
a farmer are still part of who I am. I garden quite a bit in
my backyard. I paint, draw and also love to design the cover
art for my novels.
have a “real life” job or are you able to focus completely on
My real life job is taking care of
the accounting for the family business—a local Greek
restaurant. I do payroll, sales reports, marketing, website
management, and design any forms needed to operate such as
menus, flyers and signs.
Because I complete most of my
restaurant duties at home, where I also care for my three
young sons, I am able to focus on my writing more than people
who have to go to a day job.
the writing process work for you? Do you plan your stories
out or do they come to you as you write?
For my stories to get to the end,
I have to have a strong character, a muse with a story to be
told. It begins by this muse either appearing to me in scenes
or, in the case of Shahzar, harassing me at all hours until I
pen her words.
More recently I envision a
beginning chapter and I see the main character as was the case
with vampire work I have contracted with Dark Eden Press—I saw
this man standing barefoot on the lawn In the Moon’s Light. I
had to find out who he was and why he stood there watching the
full moon. With my erotic romance at loveyoudivine, Rope, I
saw the main character stomping through a guest ranch angry at
the world and put off by men in general due to her recent
divorce until…she sees Garrett.
Once I have the beginning, if the
muse doesn’t sneak off to eat my chocolates, the story grows
on from there. I’ve tried to outline but find I always deviate
from it. In fact, outlining seemed to slow me down because I’m
always too concerned about following my plan.
about Anastasia and what makes her tick.
I am plagued by my creativity.
Only just now is my husband beginning to accept this side of
who I am. I have uncontrollable urges to make things…from
pastel angels to herb gardens to erotic romance novels.
Sometimes my creativity is cyclic lasting a few days. At other
times it goes on longer. By and far, the writing has stuck the
I love chocolate and my family. My
children make me happy and keep me silly and young at heart. I
hate housework but in a home full of men—messy men—I’m the one
stuck doing the clean-up.
in several genres. Do you have a favorite and why is that your
favorite? Do you have a genre that you would like to try?
My favorite genre is fantasy. I
think it’s my favorite because I grew up on Excalibur, Time
Bandits and Disney. As a young girl I was fascinated with
knights and magic. I love dragons, unicorns and any mythical
creature—especially the ugly ones like trolls. I read Anne
McCaffrey’s dragonrider books way too many times.
If I get this erotica bug to slow
down on biting me, I’d like to try horror. I loved Stephen
King as a young woman and also Anne Rice. Now that I’ve gotten
into erotic romance, it’ll be difficult not to let some of
that style slip in.
that you are part of a critique group. Do you find this to be
helpful to your writing? What are the benefits?
I would never have finished
writing Shahzar if not for my online critique group. The
authors there, both aspiring and published, have kept me from
headpopping, adverbitis and plot flaws. They slap me around if
my scenes or characters aren’t real enough.
Yes it’s helpful and the major
benefit is that they catch my goofs. The more eyes proofing
and honestly critiquing a work, the stronger it becomes.
have any advice for aspiring writers?
Read your work before you post it
anywhere. Know grammar and point-of-view and understand how to
use it to your benefit. Never become a Diva. It helps no
one—least of all you. Be humble, able to take constructive
criticism and most of all, have fun writing.
enjoy hearing from your readers and what is the best way to
I love to hear from my readers!
They can find me at my website:
and also on MySpace at:
some of your favorites: foods, movies, authors, books, movies,
holiday, and any other favorites.
Favorite foods: gyro and fries or
Greek salad. I love chocolate mmm Reese’s peanut butter cups.
Movies: Excalibur, John
Carpenter’s The Thing, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Tristan and
Isolde, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, The Departed, Monty Python’s The
Holy Grail, Interview with the Vampire.
Authors: Anne Rice, Stephen King
and J.K. Rowling but I have to admit I haven’t been able to
read a print book all the way through in quite a while because
of my writing, my critiquing and also all the editing I do.
would a perfect day for you involve?
Selfish perfect day would be me,
my laptop, the library with wireless net, an endless iced
mocha and muses with great stories.
Paranormal aspects fill your stories, do you believe in the
I believe in ghosts. That’s about
it. I feel we have souls and sometimes after our loved ones
pass on, they have to come back and tell us important things
they didn’t get to in life. Too bad we don’t know what the
heck they’re trying to say or why. (Sorry Grandma.)
romance, do you believe in happily ever after? Have you found
Happily ever after sounds great
but the reality is any relationship is a lot of work and
compromise. That’s the truth. I’m married and have been since
1995. We’ve been together since 1991. I can’t see myself with
anyone else, so yes, I’ve found mine.
When writing romance, I know the
genre rules ask for HEA, but sometimes I think that’s
unreasonable. Happy for now endings are great. Endings that
feel like a new beginning are a good thing—one of my
favorites. All in all it’s the entire story and its impact on
readers that really matters.
have a favorite character and if so, why are they your
My favorite character is Shahzar
because she’s a strong-willed woman who does what she wants,
when she wants, for reasons she believes in—right or wrong. I
admire that. Probably not good traits all the time though.
friends and family your biggest supporters and do they read
The biggest supporters of my work
are the authors in my critique group: Dawne’ Dominique,
Cynthia Moore, S.D. Grady, Carol McKenzie and many others. I
think only another author can really understand the insanity
of creating a story. Non-creative people just nod and smile.
They don’t ‘get it’ and they never will.
My husband supports me as best he
can. I would not be able to write without his acceptance, but
he really just does not get it!
My mother and father support me
with their encouragement although I think they were shocked
about the erotic romance genre choice. Still, they tell their
friends all about my writing and pass out bookmarks at work.
anything else you would like to share with us?
Only that in October I had two
demon erotic romances released. The Noonday Demon from Amira
Press and Demon in the Basement from Forbidden Publications.
Both were a lot of fun to write. I hope readers will stop by
my site and check them out.
And my best advice to anyone:
Follow your dreams!